Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm (right) and teammate Rickard Rakell battle Calgary's Drew Shore in the Ducks' second-round series against the Flames. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
We all know the Ducks are powered by veterans such as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. But in Game 2 of Anaheim's second-round series against Calgary Sunday, they got a slick goal from second-year NHLer & blossoming star on defense Hampus Lindholm in their 3-0 win over the Flames. This team is stacked.
The Anaheim Ducks are a deep team with a number of talented young players likely to keep them in Stanley Cup contention for the foreseeable future. In Game 2 Sunday of their second-round series against Calgary, one of those youngsters – Swedish sophomore NHLer Hampus Lindholm – showed a glimpse of what's to come with a laser-like snap shot that gave him his first NHL playoff goal and helped his team to a 3-0 win.
The 21-year-old Lindholm, drafted sixth overall by Anaheim in 2012, had seven goals and 34 points in 78 regular-season games this year, but after 11 playoff games without a goal last season and another five this year, he finally got on the scoreboard at 11:15 of the third period and the Ducks leading 1-0:
Lindholm had a rough night in terms of discipline, taking two minor penalties that could've hurt in a low-scoring game such as the one the teams engaged in at Anaheim's Honda Center. But his goal was an indication of why the Ducks can live with that every once in a while.